TROY, MO. - Shanon Amerosa, 38, was killed when a coal train slammed into his dump truck Friday, a massive collision that derailed 30 railroad cars loaded with coal.
Just days after the crash that took Amerosa's life, his friends found a unique way to keep his memory close.
Shanon Amerosa, or Shane, as friends called him, worked for many years as a tattoo artist. Now, his friends are channeling grief in to art.
"I'm just going to stencil it by hand," Nicole Peterman said as she put the finishing touches on her personalized stencil. "I'm probably going to get an old-school coil machine because he was the only one in the shop who used that loud thing."
For each one of Shane’s friends, the tattoo will look a little bit different.
"I am getting a 'dum-dum' tattoo, but it's in the shape of a barbell or a dumbbell,” said Benjamin Bray, who was having that stencil tattooed on his ankle, right next to a previous tattoo that Shane had done. “It's got a hand holding on to it because we used to work out together. I already have his artwork on me so why not have more artwork that represents him."
Friends described Amerosa as a man always on the go, and an always-present source of support.
"In his heart, he was the guy at 4 in the morning you call him if you needed something,” Matthew Stephens said. Stephens is a tattoo artist at The Ink Spot and a friend of Amerosa's for five years.
The tattoos are a testament to Amerosa’s heart – a way never to forget.
“It kind of keeps them alive, you know, you tell people the story about it and that just never dies,” said Peterman.
Friends said Amerosa was also a motorcycle enthusiast. So, they’re planning a ride in his honor. More information on that is to come.
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